Chandlers and Retailers


Many retailers commissioned cards which were produced with their names. I regard them as publishers and have included them in the directory. However, many more simply bought and sold cards. Some of them stamped their details on the cards before passing them on.


Quite a number of undivided backs from the first years of the twentieth century were stamped with the business details of a ship chandler. These included J C van der Rest of Dordrecht in Netherlands and the others on this page. They did not publish cards; they may have sold them or given them away as promotional items.

George A Hardy & Co

Port Said, Egypt


George A. Hardy & Company, ships’ supplier, Port Said had the telegraphic address Hardy, Port Said in 1912. In November 1924 the Sphinx journal announced the engagement of Mr and Mrs Hardy’s only daughter Evelyn to Mr Walter Bond, the joint manager of the Port Said and Suez Coal Co.

According to the US Office of Naval Intelligence Port Guide in 1928, Hardy was one of the principal sources of ships’ supplies in Suez where engineering supplies were said to be limited but chandler supplies and provisions plentiful and reasonably priced. In 1939 Hardy was living at maison Simonini, rue Kitchener and was Vice-President of the Union Club, of Port Said at 34, rue Fouad Ier, 2311 where Evelyn Waugh had stayed when he visited Port Said.

Hardy Ship Suppliers are now a part of Mosleh Group shipping agency.

Captain F. Valle & Company

La Spezia, Liguria, Italy


La Spezia is the capital city of the province of La Spezia and is located at the head of the Gulf of La Spezia in the southern part of the Liguria region of Italy. It is one of the main Italian military and commercial harbours, a major Italian Navy base and a significant railway junction.

Sailor Tommy sent this card from La Spezia to Miss Fry, Schoolmistress at the Garrison Infants School in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland.